Culpeper County Commonwealth's Attorney Megan Frederick called claims that she assaulted a probation officer at the Culpeper courthouse Thursday, "yet another example of how things have spun out of control in the justice system in Culpeper."
Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins confirmed Friday that a complaint had been filed with his office against Frederick, and that an investigation is ongoing.
Probation officer Rhonda Ford claims Frederick grabbed her arm and spun her around following a court proceeding in which both were involved. Frederick emphatically denied the claim.
"False accusations made against me – or anyone else – will not deter me or my office in its mission," Frederick said in a press release Friday. "I never assaulted Rhonda Ford, and claims to the contrary are ridiculous and absurd."
In her press release, Frederick said the allegations stem from a "policy dispute" involving SCRAMx, a program now being utilized by the courts, at the suggestion of the Commonwealth's Attorney's office, to monitor those on probation.
No charges had been filed as of Friday evening, according to CCSO spokesperson Lt. Jason Romero, but Frederick said this isn't the first time the sheriff's office has "acted to impede the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office from performing its duties," claiming that the Records Management System was clandestinely removed from the computers in her office earlier this year at the direction of Sheriff Jenkins.
The CCSO declined to comment on Frederick's allegations.
"As this is an ongoing investigation, no further details will be released at this time," Romero said.